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Forum set on global leadership at CETES

"America's Place in the World: Are We Forfeiting Global Economic Leadership?" will be the topic for the next business forum at Cameron University at 2 p.m. Nov. 2 in the CETES Conference Center.

The keynote presentations will be delivered by Mitchell Smith and Rebecca Cruise, both of whom are from the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma. The forum, which is in conjunction with Academic Festival X: American Identities in the 21st Century, is open to the public at no charge.

"America's place in the world economy continues to face international challenges," Syed Ahmed, director of Cameron's Bill W. Burgess Jr. Business Research Center, said in a news release. "During this business forum, we will examine the impact that potential trade policies might have on the U.S. reputation as a leader in the global economy."

Smith will address the emerging trade policies of the United States and the extent to which those policies do or do not advance prosperity and American interests. He also will discuss the role of transnational institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank and their importance to the United States, as well as the global role of the U.S. dollar and the place of the United States in the global economy relative to China and to the European Union. Smith is associate dean of academic affairs in the College of International Studies at OU and is also Max and Heidi Berry Chair in the Department of International and Area Studies.

Cruise will explore the changing dynamics of U.S. leadership on the world stage from a political and social perspective. She will discuss how the United States has engaged in various global issues and the responses to those decisions. Cruise will also discuss the importance of freedom of the press around the world and will highlight the role of U.S. leadership on that issue. 

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